Game Review: Baroque

Baroque Cover Art

Baroque is a role playing video game developed and published by Sting Entertainment. It was originally a released in Japan for the Sega Saturn and was later ported to the Playstation in 1999. A remake was released for the PS2 and Wii in 2008. I played the Wii version of it and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. The intro sequence for the game is reminiscent of Japanese anime which makes sense considering that it was made initially for the Japanese market.

The story behind the game is quite rich so much so that it was adapted into a horror fantasy shonen manga also titled Baroque. The story follows our character, a nameless amnesiac as they attempt to infiltrate the Neuro Tower and make their way to the bottom. The layout of the tower changes each time the player visits it. One of the complaints about the game is that it has a quite steep difficulty curve and I can certainly agree with that.

Baroque does something fairly unique in that it uses your own death(s) to advance the plot and unlock new areas and unlock cutscenes. Although when you’ve died a few hundred times because the game is really difficult and you’ve unlocked everything you can so far it becomes less interesting.

Throughout the game the player can find items such as swords and other equipment which can be used to defeat enemies. By defeating those enemies you can grow in levels and make progress through the tower. However if the player is defeated before reaching the end of the dungeon then you’ll be returned to the starting point outside the tower.

That’s the real problem I had in finishing this game. I hate giving up but making progress only to be kicked all the way back to the beginning really drains you after a while.

The story itself is quite interesting it takes place after a world-altering cataclysm called The Blaze which took place on May 14, 2032. We as the character are tasked with eradicating bizarre creatures called Meta-Beings (which were once human but we’re mutated by the world changing event) The nameless character is attempting to make it to the bottom floor to make up for a forgotten sin. There are other elements involving the absolute God and some dark forces which want you to eradicate him as well but I won’t ruin it for you.

Overall I’d say play this game, it has some interesting mechanics and an engaging if convoluted story. But you’ll only really enjoy it If you like a challenge because as I’ve mentioned this game is challenging in a way that was sour casual gamers.


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